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3:35 AM ET, June 5, 2008

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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Icahn to Yahoo: Nix the poison pill, now  —  Editor's note: Updated on June 4, Wednesday, at 3:06 p.m. PDT with comments from Carl Icahn during an interview on CNBC.  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who is waging a proxy fight with Yahoo, sent a letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock on Wednesday.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Carl Icahn's Latest Letter to Yahoo (The Crazy Eddie Edition)  —  Break out the sedatives, because Carl Icahn is getting mighty tetchy with Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and the board of directors of the troubled Internet company!  —  In yet another letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock …
Lee Brodie / CNBC:
First On Fast: Icahn Answers Yahoo!
Discussion: Bits and Brier Dudley's blog
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Is the Best Browser For Web — For Now  —  If you buy a new Windows Vista PC, it comes with a decent built-in Web browser, Internet Explorer 7.  If you buy a new Macintosh computer, it comes with a decent built-in Web browser, Safari 3.0.  So why would you want or need a different Web browser?
Discussion: Spread Firefox
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Mozilla:
Firefox 3 (Release Candidate 2) Release Notes  —  This second Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  Preview releases are published to collect feedback from Web developers …
Preston Gralla / PC World:
How to Get and Keep Windows XP After June 30  —  Microsoft may be sunsetting XP, but you'll still be able to buy it on some new systems—and support isn't going away for several years.  —  Windows XP is dead ... long live Windows XP.  You may have heard that as of June 30 …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft denies it's running call-in ‘save XP’ petition
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Newspapers Still Don't Understand About The Web  —  Why is Google making more money everyday while newspapers are making less?  I'm going to pick on The Washington Post again only because it's my local paper and this is a local example.  —  There were severe storms in the Washington area today …
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X 10.6 code named Snow Leopard, may be pure Cocoa  —  The next version of Mac OS X is code-named “Snow Leopard,” and will indeed be Intel-only, we have learned.  This info is hot on the heels of TUAW's original scoop about Mac OS X 10.6 being readied for shipment as soon as Macworld 2009 and being Intel-only.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Boffins prove the existence of jet-setters  —  You can believe them.  They secretly tracked 100,000 cell phone users  —  According to researchers at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, most people rarely venture more than a few miles from home.  And these researchers know what they're talking about.
Discussion: InformationWeek and Nature
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Associated Press:
Cell phone users secretly tracked in study
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Location, location, location: The iPhone with GPS nears  —  There's smoke, there's fire, and then there's a volcano the size of Olympus Mons on Mars erupting and turning the ground into an ocean of burning lava.  Such is current state of speculation surrounding the 3G iPhone.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lost Remote
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yelp plans splashy debut in location-aware mobile market
Michael Geist Blog:
Prentice's Staff Scrubbing Copyright Controversy From Wikipedia Entry  —  While Industry Minister Jim Prentice has sought to project an air of unflappability around the outcry over the Canadian DMCA, it would appear that behind the scenes his staff is working overtime to eliminate any negative comments on Wikipedia.
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Michael Geist Blog:
Prentice's DMCA Indecision
Discussion: Techdirt
Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
Facebook quietly launches advertising feedback  —  The Facebook advertising platform continues to advance ahead of the rest of the social network pack.  We're still waiting on the API, but they've recently snuck out a feature that allows users to indicate whether they like or dislike an ad served up to them.
Discussion: All Facebook and WinExtra
David Faber / CNBC:
Verizon in Talks to Buy Alltel for $27 Billion  —  Verizon is deep in talks to acquire Alltel, the nation's fifth largest wireless carrier, for roughly $27 billion, people close to the talks have told CNBC.  —  Alltel was only recently taken private by TPG and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in a $27.5 billion deal.
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McAfee:
McAfee, Inc. Names Most Dangerous Domains to Surf and Search on the Web  —  New McAfee Research Names Hong Kong as Most Dangerous Country Domain; Finland is Safest  —  Hong Kong (.hk) domain has jumped 28 places as the most dangerous place to surf and search on the web according to a new McAfee Inc. …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Introducing A New TechCrunch Video Project: Elevator Pitches  —  We get a ton of pitches at TechCrunch every single day.  It is a deluge we can hardly keep up with.  Some are amusing, some are horrible, and a select few rise to the level of deserving a post.  The large majority, though, never see the light of day.
Iain Thomson / vnunet:
Acer bets big on Linux  —  Vendor shifts towards open source ‘because of Microsoft’ … Acer has stated that it will be pushing Linux aggressively on its laptops and netbooks.  —  The company is already heavily promoting Linux for its low cost ultra-portable netbook range out later this year …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Slide Opens Sales Office in New York, Seeks to Justify Huge Valuation  —  Slide is a peculiar Web 2.0 company.  Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is founder Max Levchin, who co-founded PayPal and has been profiled as a workaholic by the New York Times.
Discussion: BoomTown
 
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Mobile phones demystify commuter rat race
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InfoWorld:
Jimmy Wales unimpressed with Powerset's Wikipedia search
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Craig of Craigslist talks about spam, online threats and feuding pet lovers
Discussion: Valleywag
Michael Mewhinney / Google:
NASA and Google Announce Lease at Ames Research Center
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